Celebrated photographer Nick Watt captures the diverse beauty of Georgetown, Penang, with its lively street culture, temples and mix of Chinese, Tamil and British colonial architecture.

Nick: “Muntri Street is my favourite area of Georgetown — starting at the historic Chinese temple, and leading down to Stewart Street and the wonderful Seven Terraces Hotel, where I often stay. It is a city for walking. In the last few years, all these great coffee shops and bakeries have popped up, and of course it is recognised as the home of hawker food. There’s a fantastic fusion of cultures — Chinese, Indian, Malay, Peranakan and of associated faiths of Hindu, Muslim and Christianity. Most of all it is the sophistication and elegance of the Peranakan culture that is most captivating. The architectural heritage is so rich, with beautiful courtyard homes open in the middle to let the rain thunder in, and colonnades of tessellated tiles and ornamented doors adjoining.”

About the Photographer

Nick Watt

Nick Watt is a Sydney based photographer specialising in interiors, portraiture and botanics, alongside a plethora of travel commissions throughout Asia. Watt initially trained in Sydney then continued his work in London and New York for four years. His work captures Australia's top interior and landscape designers for magazines such as Belle and Vogue Living in Australia, Architectural Digest in China, Marie Claire, Maison Italia and Living Etc in Europe and the UK. His recent books include Garden Life and Hare + Klein.